Xian Travel Guide
Once thought to be the greatest city on earth, Xian is the resting place of China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang and his Terra Cotta Army. This was also the start and end point of the the world’s first foray into globalization, the Silk Road, signs of which can be seen in it’s thriving Muslim quarter Add to this it being the capital of Tang Dynasty China, a golden epoch of arts and culture in Chinese history and you start to realise the global significance of this city in history and it’s a must in any trip to China.
Best Months to Visit Xian
Best Reason to Visit Xian
Almost any trip of more than a few days in China will visit Xian and not just for the Terra Cotta Army as there are plenty of sights including the 14 km long City walls and nearby Mount Huashan.
Top Sights in Xian
★ The Terra Cotta Army is arguably one of China’s main tourist attractions and deservedly so.
★ The HanYangling Mausoleum which opened in 2006 and is China’s first underground museum is a must see – yet seen by so few to date. A world class museum and much less crowded than the Terra Cotta Army.
★ The City Wall is largely rebuilt but gives an impression of the original scale of this city.
★ The Drum and Bell Towers marking night and day respectively.
★ The Muslim Quarter for it’s vibrant street life and excellent West China food options.
★ The Big Goose Pagoda built in AD 652 to house the Buddhist sutras brought back from India.
Weather Averages for Xian
Top Xian Travel Tip from TSTC
One of China’s best overnight train services runs from Beijing to Xian and is a cost effective and time efficient way of getting between the two cities. In addition to Beijing, Shanghai is usually visited alongside Xian.
TSTC's Hand Picked Hotels in Xian
Our preferred choices of hotel in Xian are the Grand Noble Hotel and the Xian Garden Hotel which are both upper mid-range options. For those on more of a budget the Citadines Central Apart Hotel is excellent and if looking to splash out the Sofitel on Renmin Square is our favourite.
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By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.